My mission is to help people with inflammatory arthritis reconnect with their intuition and combine that with clear health and nutrition information so they can go out and actually live their life.
What would it mean if you built habits of self-care so that your arthritis didn’t stop you from living your life the way you want? What would it mean to feel that you are directing your life, rather than suffering at the whims of arthritis.
At the end of August 2014, when I was 24, my left knee started hurting. It was a little weird, but I didn’t think much of it at first. A few days later, it started swelling and I was limping any time I tried to walk anywhere – not to mention it was really starting to hurt.
After bouncing around between a doctor, physiotherapist, and a couple more doctors, we finally decided it might be arthritis. Thankfully, it went away on it’s own after a few months.
Fast forward to the fall of 2018. I was 28, but didn’t feel like it.
My body would hurt for a few weeks, the fade away, temporarily. I had three flares like this over about 4 months. At the end of November, it was here to stay. I kept telling my nurse practitioner, “I’m sure it will go away any day now.” But it didn’t. My whole body hurt. I couldn’t sleep, my mind was foggy.
Thankfully, I started medication on Christmas eve.
It wasn’t an overnight change, but by February, I started feeling better. But not 100% yet. We tried adding another medication, but I couldn’t tolerate it. My doc didn’t think I needed a biologic – and neither did I.
So I took things into my own hands. I took a look at my habits, routines, and thoughts. Mostly, I started actually listening to my body.
Simple exercises when my body wanted to move. Resting and going to bed early when I needed. Saying no and reducing my commitments when I felt overwhelmed. Eating mindfully and intuitively. Snuggles with my dog. And focusing on work that fills me with purpose and a sense of possibility.
Connecting to your intuition leads you to greater balance in your life. It can tell you when you are leaning too far to the side so you can come back to centre.
Following your energy is a good exercise in intuition. Making decisions in the direction of greater energy has been key in my life. Energy is a good measure of your individual wellbeing.
Connection with others, within yourself, between mind and body, even a connection with nature. Respect, compassion, and communication are important in and of themselves, and they serve to allow us to connect.
The scientific method is the best way we have of understanding the world around us. It requires us to review the evidence, to test our assumptions, and to uncover our biases in an attempt to see the world more clearly.